FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Last night I saw “St. Vincent”, which stars Bill Murray (Groundhog Day, Zombieland), Melissa McCarthy (Identity Thief, Tammy), Naomi Watts (King Kong , The Ring), Jaeden Lieberher (Playing it Cool, Aloha), Chris O’Dowd (Gulliver’s Travels , Bridesmaids), Dario Barosso (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Robot & Frank), and Terrence Howard (Iron Man, Empire). This movie is about an old war veteran named Vincent (Murray) who’s been living a poor life as of late because of his debt and drinking. He is a bitter man who isn’t nice to anyone, except for his cat Felix and his “lady of the night” Daka (Watts). Then, a mother named Maggie (McCarthy) and her son Oliver (Lieberher) move into the house next to his. Oliver needs to be watched on since his mother works late shifts and Vincent happens to take him in and watch him (at a price). They begin to start a friendship, and it soon changes Vincent’s life forever.
It was put out as a comedy, but it leaned towards a more dramatic tone. The story of St. Vincent is good overall. It started out slow and it took a while to fully take off, but when it did, it did great. It was a little off in some places, but it did rather well in conveying the message that the film was trying to get at. The acting was great with everyone holding up their role, especially Bill Murray (as always). It was nice seeing Melissa McCarthy in a different role than what she usually does (I’m not the biggest fan of her type-cast characters). The characters were the best part of this film, mainly the connection between Vincent and Oliver. The story did well of developing their characters and as you get further into the film, the more connected you feel with them. There were some scenes that I didn’t expect from a PG-13 movie that would set off a viewer that would be expecting a light-hearted film. The scenes were mostly in the beginning. It didn’t seem needed for some of the scenes they did in the beginning and that is why I said it took a while for the film to take off. In the end, St. Vincent had a good pay-off and is a well-rounded movie that everyone should try out! FINAL SCORE: 84%= Juicy Popcorn
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